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The STA Foundation

Female Focused

Unfortunately, crimes such as abuse and violence in all forms are disproportionately gendered in today’s society. Too many women and girls are still victim of domestic and sexual violence and these vulnerable members of our society often end up in disastrous or life-threatening situations. Women and children become increasingly helpless as stability, protection and family are replaced by chaos, stress and displacement.

Examples of Abuse:

PHYSICAL ABUSE:

  • Hitting, slapping, punching, kicking
  • Burning
  • Strangulation
  • Damaging personal property
  • Refusing medical care and/or controlling medication
  • Coercing partner into substance abuse
  • Use of weapons

EMOTIONAL ABUSE:

  • Name calling, insulting
  • Blaming the partner for everything
  • Extreme jealousy
  • Intimidation
  • Shaming, humiliating
  • Isolation
  • Controlling partner
  • Stalking

SEXUAL ABUSE:

  • Forcing a partner to have sex with other people (human trafficking)
  • Pursuing sexual activity when the victim is not full conscious or is afraid to say no
  • Hurting partner physically during sex
  • Coercing partner to have sex without protection and/or sabotaging birth control

TECHNOLOGICAL ABUSE:

  • Hacking into a partner’s email and personal accounts
  • Using tracking devices in a partner’s cell phone to monitor their location, phone calls and messages
  • Monitoring interactions via. Social media
  • Demanding to know partners passwords

FINANCIAL ABUSE:

  • Inflicting physical harm or injury that would prevent the person from attending work
  • Harassing partner at their workplace
  • Controlling financial assets and effectively putting partner on an allowance
  • Damaging a partner’s credit score

Female Focused Statistics:

  • There are no reliable prevalence data on domestic abuse, but the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) offers the best data available. According to these data, for the year ending March 2019, an estimated 1.6 million women aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (ONS, 2019). However, it is important to note that these data do not take into account important context and impact information, such as whether the violence caused fear, who the repeat victims were and who experienced violence in a context of power and control. When these factors are taken into account the gendered nature of domestic abuse becomes much more apparent.
  • On average the police in England and Wales receive over 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour. (HMIC, 2015)
  • According to CSEW data for the year ending March 2018, only 18% of women who had experienced partner abuse in the last 12 months reported the abuse to the police.

Sources:

How can The STA Foundation help?

Our team can deliver a presentation at your organisation to raise awareness, educate the recipients about Female Focused Issues and inform them of who they can seek support from.

Contact us for further information:
Call us on freephone 0800 038 9807 or email on info@thestafoundation.org